Rio Grande Sierran Newsletter

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Deal shuts door on funding for Gila River alternatives

By Allyson Siwik, Chapter Executive Committee, Gila Resources Information Project/Gila Conservation Coalition

After weeks of negotiations, the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission approved in June a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) to form the entity that will be responsible for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the billion-dollar Gila River diversion project. As of press time, nine local governments have signed the agreement in advance of the July 3 deadline.

What was gained, lost for clean water in the dairy settlement deal?

By Dan Lorimier, Chapter Conservation Coordinator

At its May 12 meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico’s Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) adopted sweeping amendments to the existing discharge rules for our more than 150 Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) dairies.

Water Sentinels testing, teaching

By Eric Patterson, Water Sentinels —Rios de Taos coordinator

Water Sentinels-Rios de Taos were joined by new members Jon Klingel, Meg Peterson, Gaea McGahee, Cliff Collins, Jo Carey, Claire Latowsky, Jim Crowl and Julia Wilson on our first monitoring of the season May 28.

A Message from Our New Chair

By David Coss, Rio Grande Chapter chair

I am honored and excited to become the chair of the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club executive committee. I have always been enchanted by our New Mexico environment and I look forward to this opportunity to work for its protection through the Sierra Club.

Clean-water groups appeal copper ruling

By Allyson Siwik, Rio Grande Chapter Executive Committee and Director, Gila Resource Information Project

The New Mexico Attorney General and water-protection groups have filed petitions with the New Mexico Supreme Court seeking reversal of the Court of Appeals’ opinion upholding the validity of the Copper Rule, which regulates discharges from copper mines. Contrary to state law, the Copper Rule makes polluting groundwater at mine sites legal as long as contamination is contained.

Ray wins ‘Humane Citizen’ award

By Mona Blaber, chapter communications coordinator

In June, Animal Protection New Mexico announced its Milagro Awards, honoring “champions for animals.”

APNM gave its Humane Citizen Award, for efforts by a private citizen to promote the humane treatment of animals, to Rio Grande Chapter Wildlife chair Mary Katherine Ray.

Solar Summer: Step back from the abyss and act

By Camilla Feibelman, Chapter director

July-August-Sept 2015 outings/hikes

Sign-up is by contact with leader (phone, or email if shown). To go you’ll need to sign a waiver that the leader will provide. Dogs only allowed as noted. Trips are normally FREE (pay when carpooling) and open to non-members (spread the word!), though we do like it if you join the Club to increase our local and national clout.


Transition at Valles Caldera

The Valles Caldera National Preserve is beginning its Sierra Club-supported transition from experimental National Trust to the National Park Service following the December passage of Senate Bill 285.


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